Book Review – The Cuckoo’s Calling by Robert Galbraith (J.K. Rowling)

The Cuckoo's Calling


I really had no plans on reading this series by J.K. Rowling but when her latest book, Lethal White, was published this fall, I saw so many people on Book tube and Instagram talk about it, and the series as a whole.  It intrigued me enough that I started looking at The Cuckoo’s Calling and then it conveniently came up as a Kindle daily deal so I grabbed it.

I liked this book so much more than I thought I would.  The thing that I think J.K. Rowling does so well is detail and character development.  The actual plot to this book is relatively simple – a man contacts the protagonist, Cormoran Strike, who is a private detective, and asks him to investigate to determine whether his sister’s death was actually a suicide like the police are telling him.  What fills the majority of the 455 pages of this book is detail about the investigation and the two main characters – Cormoran and his newly hired secretary, Robin.  Are there some issues with the book?  Yes, but in my opinion small issues and they did not diminish my enjoyment of the book one bit.  I am very much looking forward to the development of Cormoran’s and Robin’s relationship as I think it is pretty plain already in book 1 where this is leading.

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